The Technique That Will Lower Your Cortisol in Under Ten Minutes
A couple of months ago, I was reading The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein. I was in the middle of a stressful period of my life in late August.
My family was struggling, school was starting, and I was in the middle of reworking my entire framework for this blog. In short, I needed something to get me through.
I was gobbling up everything I could that involved Gabrielle Bernstein, and the morning before my school’s Meet the Teacher event, I found a solution.
This technique is something I used in early August to quell my school stress, and calm my body. Amidst my struggles with chronic pain, this technique has been something that’s on the back burner for me. But it’s about time that I started using it again, and starting a conversation about it is one of the best ways to reintroduce it into my life.
Introduction to Tapping (EFT)
Emotional Freedom Technique, also called Tapping, is the practice of tapping meridian points on the body. This practice is based on the Chinese meridian system, and it’s a tool you can use for anything from a headache to anxiety to insomnia.
It’s a fast way to lower your cortisol and get you back to a calm state of mind. When I first tried it, I wasn’t too confident about the results, but afterwards I felt so much more clear and calm. It was as if my anxious thoughts were swept away, and I came back to this natural place of clarity.
How to Tap
Tapping is fast and quite easy. For me, even just tapping on the meridian points (without the extra steps below) calms me down. But there is something to be said for the whole practice, because it helps you release whatever is bothering you.
Step One: Rate It
Rate your stress level, pain level or whatever else is bothering you on a scale from 1 (low) to 10 (high). This will give you a good idea of where you are, and if you choose to rate it after the practice, you can learn what this practice can do for you.
Step Two: Create A Problem Statement
This is where the real releasing happens. By making a problem statement, you are addressing your stressor and allowing yourself to feel those feelings. You are also verbally addressing it, which allows you to let it go.
Problem statements are usually structured like this: “Even though I have (Problem), I love and accept myself fully.” You repeat this statement throughout the practice, and you can add others if you like, addressing your feelings (“I feel (emotion) about (Problem).”) . But ultimately, you want to end on a healthy note (“I love and accept myself fully.”) so be sure to keep that in mind during the practice.
Step Three: Tap
This is where the real magic happens. Take your index and middle finger and together (with both hands) tap on the meridian points. So, where are the meridian points? Glad you asked (they’re in order):
- Karate Chop Point
- Beginning of Eyebrow (from nose)
- Side of Eye
- Under Eye
- Upper Lip (you can do this with one hand)
- Chin (this too)
- Under Armpit (side of body)
- Crown of the Head (Right at the top)
For more on the technique, check out this video for visuals.
Step Four: Repeat
This exercise is a fast way to lower your cortisol and get you back to a peaceful state of mind. It is an intuitive one, and so that means that you listen to yourself during it. You know how long you need, so just repeat this practice as long as you need to feel like you’ve released everything dealing with this problem.
That’s it! Yes, it is that simple. I hope this practice serves you, and if you want more information on the practice, check out this book by Nick Ortner to learn the details behind EFT.
Thanks for joining me, and I’d love to hear about your experiences. What has helped your stress? Have you ever practiced tapping? What was your experience with tapping?
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